Little Nica has something to be proud of... Last Wednesday I found out that the American Advertising Federation awarded my Commencement 2010 Campaign Package a silver ADDY award. Thank you so much, AAF! I felt so special!

All my plans have shifted and now I am looking to stay organized while still doing that I need to. It looks as if I am going to have to shift posting days from Fridays to a day in the weekend, and possibly during the week. My work load has just doubled, and while I am fully ecstatic about it, that also means I have less time for myself to do the things I need time for. Good news are coming; I can't wait to tell you guys about what I have been up to for the past few days!

Now for the best part! I have been postponing the regular blog because I want to tell you guys about the fun part of LA.

This place was really BOMB! When you walk in, you get the impression of a small but popular ramen joint in Little Tokyo. A nice touch is the J-Pop playing in the background and the manga library in the corner for those undergoing the one-to-two-hour wait to be seated. The staff is friendly and the food is gooood! My tempura shrimp tasted as authentic as what I tasted in Tokyo, Japan.

If you're like me, you probably get a kick out of an ambience such as fetish/industrial clubs not because of the people you encounter, but because of the mood of the place you want to be at.
Imagine this... A collective soul of dancers pulsating with energy or turning into seductive smoke, dancing to haunting music and pedestal dancers with fans, shawls, and fine lingerie. The walls are dark, there is smoke everywhere, and the music ranges from seductive to angry stomping. This is a place you can come to with full disregard of personal association, where you won't be judged if you have a certain fantasy or if you dance as if you are warding off demons.
This was my friend Niki's first time at an industrial party even though I have tried to lure her to The Castle in Ybor with me several times. Good times!

Sunday is rarely an idea for a quiet day disconnected from the world, at least not in California. We went adventure-seeking on the mountain path and were not disappointed. The sight of LA at night was quite gorgeous, even though you can't see the stars unless you go to the high point of the observatory.  We decided to call it a day when we encountered the graffiti of a notorious gang at one of the path forks. So much for taking the path not frequently traveled...

I  spent my last day in LA with an old friend from two years back called Anthony. I dare say a wonderful conclusion to yet another eye-opening experience of a trip. When it is just me V.S. the world, I get a strong feeling of empowerment and accomplishment because of how far I have come, all the blessings in my life, and all the people that grace me with their stories. I don't feel as if I am held back to my cage anymore, and I also have the strength to keep pushing forward to attain my dreams and accomplish my goals. All of them!
Good times!

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That same day I spent in Venice I met a wonderful clairvoyant tarot reader by the name of Marcella. Truth be told, I walked into the shop by chance and walked back out rattled to my core! While I am very hesitant in who I trust my readings to—because let's face it, you can't believe everything you're told—the place felt familiar to me in terms of the similarity it holds to Encuentros Mágicos in Puerto Rico. It had a good feeling about it, so why not?

I took a leap of faith and before I knew it, we sat face to face with the Golden Tarot deck illustrated by Kat Black between us, amongst other items. Time stretched as the discovery of a few shadowed paths took place, but I felt empowered by it as well. All the messages exchanged were inspiring and encouraging me to take the next big step. As much as I'd like to share many of these messages on my blog, they are very personal and I would rather keep them to myself... How greedy of me! In time they might come to surface anyway!

Marcella Kroll is an Intuitive Medium and Visual Artist. She has been reading Tarot Cards for 15 years, is an Adept initiate of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Light, and student of Shamanic Studies in the Lakota traditions under Medicine Woman Irene Skau.

While Marcella can answer your general questions regarding love, money, and career, it is her
special ability to illuminate karmic life patterns (past lives & present), while providing you with clear guidance, and the tools to motivate you for living in your truth. As a champion of self-empowerment, she believes that everyone has a gift to share with the world, and the ability to manifest it.

By connecting to your Guides, Angels, and Animal spirits she can get to the heart of your concerns, and help move you forward on your path. Should you want to contact Marcella for a phone reading, call Mystic Journey (310)399-7070.
"The right people cross your path when you need them."
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LA in Review Pt. III


I have returned from a very fruitful experience in Los Angeles, California! Bear with me, I have too much to write about and too many experiences to share, so I have broken them down into three categories: Art, Divination, Social. They will show up in that same order, so stay tuned! Now for the good stuff…
Niki and I zoomed down to Venice for the next brewing adventure. We looked around for a little while, then she dropped me off and went to work. I lulled around the streets in the chilly mornings, dancing under the sun to keep myself warm. At 9:30 AM I was having coffee at the brick house café in Venice, mentally prepping myself for a relaxed day even though I had an interview looming over my shoulder. I chugged my coffee like a champ and off I went into the next coming adventure.

My first impression upon walking into The Branding Farm was, and I quote: “Oh, wow! All this natural lightno wonder! I am a firm believer that an ‘open’ space will make the experience much more enjoyable. I am not talking about open ceilings and plants all over the place, that could serve as a distraction… but an appealing environment that projects the personality of the brand of the firm in itself, space to move around in that doesn’t feel like an incubator, and a library of books and magazines to further cultivate the intellect and inspire visually. Now we’re talking!

The Branding Farm team is all about collaboration and getting their own spark of personality out there to blend with the needs of their clients. I had the chance to take a look at some of their newly finished projects. One of the highlights from my conversations was that of how being active in one’s community makes for the opportunity to meet with other creative individuals. The best way to seek inspiration is to leave one’s cubicle and get out there to experience the world.

Good times!


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Walking down the street, I ran into this dual shop that had metal jewelry in the front as well as assorted gallery full of all sorts of artwork. What immediately caught my eye here was not of the largest scale, it was actually the smallest there. Artist Phyllis Kalionzes blows glass beads using pieces that have emotional meaning for her as well as vintage beads dating back to the 1920’s.

Ten Women has merchandise that appeals to all ages and translates through various mediums. I am really inspired by the fact that these many artists have come together to make something beautiful. They are not only connected by their interests and passions, but also by the experiences they live together as they try to share their gift with others who appreciate it. I’m sure that they feed off each other in terms of keeping their eyes open for fresh things as well as learning from their differences.
Everything has been thought out carefully, from display to packaging their products. I really did appreciate their personal touch! Ten Women is based in Santa Monica / Venice, California.


Last but not least, I had a chance to go behind the scenes at the Nickelodeon Penthouse, where I experienced some really magical things... Kung Fu Panda, anyone? The most notable highlight was to meet Joel Fajnor, a fashion illustrator working the magic at the studio by day, and working on his own things on his spare time. He shared some really good insight on the importance of keeping a sketchbook even when you’re busy, as well as some of his experiences in the field. I was amazed to find he had a piece show in the motion picture Inception, which I am very fond of. The story of how that came to pass was truly inspiring.
I got a first hand look into the making of the Kung Fu Panda series to air in the next few years, and it is looking BOMB! They invest so much energy and time into their craft that it becomes easily contagious. I got that electric feeling of inspiration crackling over my head, and once the day wound down I just wanted to work on my own creative endeavors.

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the selective few Design Center interns at Rinling College. Go check some of the Design Center work out! That's my project in the front page. -Wink-

Glad to be back! I have so many things to do now!

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LA in Review Pt. II